Have you, your team members, or those you work with entered the dog days of summer this July?
You know-it’s that hot, tired, muggy time when everything moves in slow-motion or not at all. Add to this malaise the latest world and national news that’s bound to get you down.
How can you avoid these dog days of summer?
Seek ways to boost your leadership spirits and inspire yourself and others to greatness.
Here are a few suggestions that work for me:
- Before you get in your car in the morning, walk around a yard or park and enjoy the freshness and fragrance nature presents to you.
- Keep close to a photo(s) of something, somebody, or someplace that makes you smile.
- Phone someone you haven’t talked to for a while and make that person smile. I guarantee you’ll feel good about it, too.
- Turn on music and dance like no one is watching. This is energizing.
- Pick up a book on a topic that’s always interested you, but you’ve never pursued. This is enlightening.
- Find an interesting podcast to listen to, either educational or entertaining.
- Volunteer time to a cause or in an area that interests you. This always feels good.
- Broaden your horizons by learning about a different culture, one you don’t know much about.
- Watch a funny movie. This makes you feel happy. Nobody loves action and Alfred Hitchcock-type movies more than I do, but at times, tickling your funny bone is more important.
What ideas would work for you?
Dr. Albert Schweitzer once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
As the leader, you are the other “human being” who needs to “rekindle the inner spirit” of your team. I hope these suggestions can help you and those you care about get through the dog days of summer.